Terry Brighton

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Terry Brighton
Occupation Writer
Nationality British
Genre military history
Spouse Linda

Terry Brighton (born 28 April 1949 in Boston, England) is a British military historian and author.


Terry Brighton studied philosophy at Lancaster University and theology at Birmingham University before being ordained an Anglican priest. His parishes included St Martin’s in Hereford, where he stood in as chaplain to the SAS and first developed an interest in military history.[1] After leaving the church he worked on the curatorial staff of the Queen's Royal Lancers Regimental Museum, for which he remains a consultant.[2]

He is best known for his research on the Charge of the Light Brigade, published in Hell Riders: the Truth about the Charge of the Light Brigade. He used survivors’ accounts, many of them never before published, to give the soldiers' viewpoint of this famous cavalry action. He argued that the Charge was not the military disaster it appeared, and controversially claimed that it could be considered “an astounding success”.[3][4] In October 2004, on the 150th anniversary of the Charge, he broadcast an account of this action from the Crimea to the U.S. live on NPR.[5]

Although best known for his research on the Crimean War, according to Publishers Weekly it was his later work on the Second World War generals Patton, Montgomery and Rommel that moved him “into the top rank of general audience military writers”.[6] The book uses the personal writings of the generals to argue that the explosive relationship between the allies Patton and Montgomery had a greater effect on the conduct and course of the war than the respectful relationship between the enemies Patton and Rommel.

He is currently working on his first novel, The Necessity of Killing. According to the author’s website this makes good a promise made to Richard Madeley on the British TV chat show Richard & Judy that he would “write the novel” of the Charge of the Light Brigade.

In October 2010 he was awarded the Imperial Service Medal.[7] He lives in Tenerife in the Canary Islands where he writes on military history and, with his wife Linda, on love and sexuality.


  • The Last Charge: the 21st Lancers and the Battle of Omdurman (Marlborough: Crowood, 1998)
  • Hell Riders: the Truth about the Charge of the Light Brigade (London: Penguin, 2004) Published in the U.S. as Hell Riders: the True Story of the Charge of the Light Brigade (New York: Henry Holt, 2004)
  • Masters of Battle: Monty, Patton and Rommel at War (London: Penguin, 2008) Published in the U.S. as Patton, Montgomery, Rommel: Masters of War (New York: Random House, 2009)


  1. ^ "Terry Brighton". Penguin. Archived from the original on 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2010-12-20.
  2. ^ "The Queen's Royal Lancers Regimental Museum". grlassociation.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  3. ^ "Why the Charge of the Light Brigade still matters". 25 October 2004. Archived from the original on 12 June 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2018 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
  4. ^ Hallett, Lucy Hughes (6 November 2004). "Review: Hell Riders by Terry Brighton and Zulu by Saul David". the Guardian. Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Retelling the Tale of the Light Brigade". npr.org. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  6. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/1-legacy/21-nonfiction-book-reviews/article/14335-nonfiction-reviews-9-7-2009-.html
  7. ^ "Imperial Service Medal". www.london-gazette.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-12-20.

External links

  • Terry Brighton’s official website
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